This was a big night for both the Washington Redskins and their fans, as this was the first draft in the Scot McCloughan era. The four picks of ahead of Washington left them with an interesting decision at five, Leonard Williams was still available as were Vic Beasley and Danny Shelton. All three were considered to be near if not the top of their respective positions. To many, it was a surprise when Roger Goddell walked to the podium and announced that the Washington Redskins would be selecting Brandon Scherff from Iowa.
Scherff was considered to be one of the elite offensive line prospects heading into the draft, regarded by many as a ‘safe’ pick. While Williams or Beasley may have been a more sexy pick, Scot stuck to his guns and made a statement about the direction of this team. Washington is going to be physical on both sides of the ball, starting with the trenches.
Standing 6’5, at 319 pounds, the Redskins get a beast of a man to add to their offesnsive line. He’s an extremely physical player, a throwback if you will. Everything you want in an offensive lineman in terms of mentality, is what you get in Scherff. His versatility will also play a big role into how he fits in up front for Washington. If they can find a solid starter opposite Trent Williams, the line just gets that much better with Scherff moving inside at guard. If there isn’t a quality starter at right tackle, Scherff has the ability to slide over and man the position. Giving Washington two talented bookends, a great start in building a solid offensive line.
The second and third round are up next, so later tonight will determine just what direction McCloughan is going in. In his last draft with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, Scot drafted not one but two offensive linemen by taking Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis. The selections were questioned by many pundits that year, but San Fran had one of the better lines in football prior to last season. So why it wasn’t the big name Washington is used to getting in the draft, it most certainly is what they needed. McCloughan’s statement was heard loud and clear both in the division and around the league.